WELL, what a busy week for our little golf club and with the prospect of some rain this week, things are looking good for the summer season and the busy schedule over the next couple of months.
ON to the golf and Saturday's competition was a single stableford sponsored by Cellarbrations of Wingham. With plenty of run on the course and some generous pin positions, scoring was always going to be good for most players. Best on the day was club president, John Hynes who had his best round for a long time, shooting 45 points. Next best was Craig Harrison with 43 points, good enough for him to win B-grade nett. Other nett winners were Barry Brown in A-grade with 42 points and Wayne Bennett in C-grade, also with 42 points. Wayne beat an unlucky Cliff Beattie on a countback. Runner up in A-grade was young Reid Brown with 42 points, the result of a fine two over par round. In B-grade, runner up was Gary Morley with 41 points. Gary was obviously warming up for the Sunday mixed foursomes. Balls went out to 37 points, the highest for a while. Paul Shepherd won 12 balls after scoring an eagle three on the 14th hole.
In the nearest to the pins competition, all but one winner was less than two metres from the flag, so competition for the Caddies Restaurant "shot of the day" was always going to be close. Eventual winner was John Hynes again, with his 39cm shot to the 9th/18th Bent on Food hole, and he got the putt. Other winners were Rohan Abbott with a great shot to the Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th, John Strybis the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing hole, Rod Brown the 7th/16th Bayview Seafoods hole and finally Graham Steel won the 3rd/12th Wingham Remedial Massage prize. He will definitely need a massage after walking and playing 45 holes over the weekend.
A FIELD of 47 veterans played a single stableford this week with scoring not as high as expected. Alex Wilson was the only player to score 40 points, making him the day's winner. Second went to the 'old fella' Barry Neave with 39 points relegating Terry Thompson to third spot with 38 points. Best of the 'over bloody eighties' was Neville Hall with a modest 34 points. Geoff Swaffield won the 3rd/12th NTP as did John Daly on the 7th/16th hole. Next Wednesday is a big day for the veterans with the annual open day scheduled.
Thursday LJ Hooker chook run
ANOTHER good field turned out Thursday for a casual nine hole stroll and it was Northern Australian Glenn Porter who won the day with a modest 21 points. Glenn won on a countback from Ken Squires, with Earle Braham, Terry Wood and Graham Steel all a shot further back. Nearest to the pins were won by Rod Brown on the third and Glenn Porter on the seventh.
2013 mixed foursomes
THE 2013 club mixed foursomes, otherwise known as "never play with your spouse day", was played last Sunday over 27 long holes and the field, divided into two grades, had a great day. Overall winners and 2013 champions was the mother/son combination of Denise and Scott Polley. They had a convincing win in A- grade with the pairing of Geoff Swaffield and Jo Stinson runners-up. Nett winners in A-grade were John Hynes and Beth Braham. In B-grade, Neville Blanch and Elizabeth Thurtell won the scratch with Terry Grant and Pat Whiteley runners-up. David Blair and his partner Dot Clarke won the nett. All in all, it was a very enjoyable day.
THIS Saturday's event is a popular stableford multiplier where teams of two multiply their scores on each hole. The result of that calculation is then their score for that hole. I write this explanation after overhearing two members talking about the event and saying that "two times zero was two". Wrong! Two times zero is zero. Needless to say, it should be an interesting day.
The next month or so is potentially a very exciting period for Wingham golfers with a series of very popular events scheduled. These include the Red Cross Ambrose (October 5), October Monthly Mug (October 12), the Mid Coast Bearing Centre 4BBB, a stableford event dedicated to prostate awareness (October 19), the 2013 "Tiger Pins" (October 26) and the November Monthly Mug (November 2). The three stroke events, the two mugs and Tiger Pins are then part of a "stroke trifecta", with the lowest nett score total over the three stroke rounds, determining the winners. You need to play in all three to be in the running for this. Also, the November Monthly Mug is the 2013 Mug and Medal of the Year event. So, get out and get practising for these very prestigious and popular events.
Good luck and good golfing.